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Living in Ithaca

Tips for finding a place to live in Ithaca while you complete your academics.

Most Ithaca College graduate students prefer to live off-campus, and there are many options available in Ithaca to do so. There is a searchable map available at Live in Ithaca to help you with getting to know areas both within the city of Ithaca as well as close, neighboring towns. Ithaca College is located on "South Hill" and is accessible by foot (although it's an uphill walk to get here for most!) and the TCAT Route 11 bus. Our Physician Assistant Program also has a downtown location on the Ithaca Commons (there are three TCAT bus stops close by that location - Seneca Street, Green Street, or the Marriott). There is limited parking available on campus and downtown, however many students finding walking or the bus to be more convenient.   

Thinking About What You Need

There is not one "perfect" neighborhood in Ithaca for graduate students, so take some time to think about what is important to you before searching for housing. This will help with narrowing your search and finding a living situation that best fits your needs. Some questions you may want to ask yourself include:

  • Do I prefer to live alone or with roommates?

  • What are the top 3 or 4 things that are most important for my living arrangement (e.g., close to bus, air conditioning, near shops)? 

  • What amenities are important for my living arrangement (e.g., washer/dryer in the apartment or building, on-site parking, accepts pets, etc.)? 

  • What is my rental budget? 

  • How long of a lease do I want (note that many leases in Ithaca require a 12-month commitment)?

Finding Housing

There are a few options for searching for housing:

Please note that Ithaca College does not endorse any of these housing search engines nor the landlords or properties. We assume no responsibility for disputes between tenants or sites or between tenants and any landlord or property. We strongly encourage you to see properties in person if possible, read lease agreements and payment terms carefully, and seek assistance from the Ithaca Tenants Union should you have questions about tenants rights and responsibilities.